UPDATE: Pirates pummel Cards, even series 1-1

News-DemocratOctober 4, 2013 

Lance Lynn couldn't get past the fifth inning Friday, costing the St. Louis Cardinals home-field advantage in the NL Division Series.

Lynn gave up five runs on seven hits -- including one by Pirates starter Gerrit Cole -- as Pittsburgh defeated the Cardinals 7-1 in Game 2 of the NLDS.

The teams are tied 1-1 going into two games in Pittsburgh Sunday and Monday, with the Pirates needing a pair of wins to close out the series.

"I hope (it's loud)," Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina said. "We've been in this situation before many times. I don't think it's going to bother us."

A Game 5, if it comes to that, will be in St. Louis on Wednesday.

Cole singled home a run in the second and Pedro Alvarez hit a two-run homer in the third, while Marlon Byrd added an RBI double ahead of a run-scoring single by Russell Martin in a two-run fifth.

Molina made it a four-run game with a leadoff homer to right center in the bottom of the fifth, rousing a crowd of 45,999 for just a moment. But that was in for the Cardinals, who managed only four hits -- two of them by Matt Adams.

The Pirates added a run following a David Freese error on a towering popup in the seventh, putting the Cardinals in a 6-1 hole. The Pirates made it 7-1 on Starling Marte's home run off reliever Shelby Miller in the eighth.

The first five Pirates runs were charged to Lynn, who walked three (one intentional) and hit a batter.

Cole's hit came after an intentional walk to the eighth hitter by Lynn, who gave up a one-out double by Alvarez in the second before the free pass to Jordy Mercer with two out.

That brought up Cole, who spanked Lynn's 1-0 pitch up the middle for the first run of the game.

It got three times as ugly for the Cardinals in the third, when Justin Morneau delivered a one-out single ahead of Alvarez' two-out, two-run double to deep center field.

Lynn left after he walked Akvarez following Byrd's RBI double in the fifth, and Byrd scored on Martin's single off reliever Seth Maness.

The Cardinals managed only one hit off Cole the first four innings -- a one-out double by Carlos Beltran in the first -- and saw him retire 11 in a row before Molina's homer in the bottom of the fifth.

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